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Justin
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Overlying the Severan ditches we finally had evidence of the original phase of the vicus / extramural settlement / garrison town (use which ever term you like best) and the main focus of our research. It was clear that our workshops of 2008 had been separated from other parts of the vicus by a fine E-W running cobbled road. This had been resurfaced a couple of times and had branched off to the SW towards what is named ‘King Cairn Hill’ on older OS maps, but also to the north. In fact it ran straight N-S for a few metres before branching off to the NW. Future excavation will determine things clearer, but it looks very likely to connect up to the wells and water tanks at the northwest of the site.

Over the top of the road cobbles lay a build up of successive layers of naturally formed sand and silt. At c.30cms deep this was quite a build up and it looks likely that a ditch, pond, etc had backed up and overflowed. The fact that this was allowed to happen is a strong indicator that the roadway had gone out of use, at least temporarily, by then, and may show fairly limited human activity on that immediate part of the site in the mid third century.
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Edited by Justin, Sep 25 2009, 10:25 AM.
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Area B - final results · 2009